| Message-ID: <af54caaf050524181841841e97 at mail.gmail.com>
| Date: Wed, 25 May 2005 02:18:56 +0100
| From: Paul Biggar <paul.biggar at gmail.com>
| Subject: Re: [ILUG] introduction to programming
|[ ... ]
| ps I've never used it, but I gather pascal was written as a learning
| language? Anyone any opinions on teaching using pascal?
avoid it like the plague! (think of it as another
BASIC — a handful of things might be good for
learners, but so many things are wrong that it
will corrupt to the extent that some very serious
unlearning will be needed — assuming it doesn't
just turn the person off completely.)
find a copy of Kernighan's “Why Pascal is not my
Favorite Programming Language” if you really want
to know the gory details — and as someone who has
used Pascal Sucks¹ (albeit not as a first language),
IIRC, he was being restrained in his criticisms.
the one I know nothing about but have been told
Dr Wirth got more or less right is the eventual
¹ the rule when and where I went to university is
that the name “Pascal” must always be followed
by the word “Sucks” .... and to this day, I have
an extremely hard time not typing that following
word should I ever name that bastard of language.
p.s. Paul's other suggestions seem spot on, except
data structuring should not be an afterthought;
it is as important as algorithms and paradigms.
Experienced (20+ yrs) kernel/software Eng: | Brian Foster Montpellier,
• Unix, embedded, &tc; • Linux; • doc; | blf at utvinternet.ie FRANCE
• IDL, automated testing, process, &tc. | Stop E$$o (ExxonMobile)!
Résumé (CV) http://www.blf.utvinternet.ie | http://www.stopesso.com
Maintained by the ILUG website team. The aim of Linux.ie is to
support and help commercial and private users of Linux in Ireland. You can
display ILUG news in your own webpages, read backend
information to find out how. Networking services kindly provided by HEAnet, server kindly donated by
Dell. Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds,
used with permission. No penguins were harmed in the production or maintenance
of this highly praised website. Looking for the
Indian Linux Users' Group? Try here. If you've read all this and aren't a lawyer: you should be!